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MO legislators debate loss of local control in ag proposal


March 30, 2017
By Columbia Missourian

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March 30, 2017, Jefferson City, MO — Bill Reiboldt believes some Missouri farmers don’t want local authorities to have any control over them.

“We just want to be regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Agriculture,” said Reiboldt, a Republican state representative from Neosho. “We don’t want cities and municipalities regulating the world of agriculture.”

HB 175, sponsored by Reiboldt, would no longer allow local government to regulate or create any ordinances or rules regarding “seeds, fertilizers or soil conditioners.” Soil conditioners are any substances, excluding fertilizers, which can be added to the soil or applied to plants. READ MORE